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MFA Fine Arts Student Mark John Smith Has Work in The Frieze Art Fair

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regentsWork by British artist and current Parsons MFA Fine Arts Student, Mark John Smith, was featured during October in the Regent’s Park tube station  promotion for the United Kingdom’s largest art fair, The Frieze Art Fair, which runs during October and November in London.

Mark, also a graduate from UCA (University for the Creative Arts) at Canterbury, England was supported as a young artist by KCC Arts and Culture Service earlier in his career. He did work on BBC Dover Live Site as part of the cultural Olympiad, which was rolled out nationally across big screens, and also had a studio in Margate.

Mark’s artwork – one of 20 images appearing at venues including Regent’s Park tube station – evolved from a project sponsored by KCC and The Beaney Museum and library.

Originally from Canterbury, England and now living in New York where he is studying for an MA, Mark created the LiveLive project in 2012, a new digital arts periodical committed to bringing high quality contemporary art to everyone via new and innovative media platforms. The project achieved international recognition through the use of social media engaging a vibrant online community.

When talking to us about his new work on the tube Mark said “I wanted to work collaboratively online to create a new work that speaks to a public in the public domain. Situated in the site of advertising the work aims to make the viewer question their daily investiture in media and capitalist promotion.” The work features images of NYC Empire State building and text composed by social media led crowd sourcing – I aim to form new links between site and the body.” The work serves to question the new flatness that is occurring globally due to hyper connectivity and shared surface.


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